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Traditional Kids Summer Camp

Camp Ondessonk_MemoriesFor over 60 years Camp Ondessonk has strived to be the world’s best traditional kids summer camp.  Located in Ozark Illinois Camp Ondessonk has provided kids an opportunity to experience traditional programming such as archery, canoeing, backpacking, swimming and horseback riding under the supervision of our highly experienced staff.

 

 

BEGINNER ADVENTURES

Campers in Beginner Adventure sessions spend their days’ building skills, their evenings enjoying traditional Ondessonk activities like the Tuesday Night Game, and gaining new experiences in smaller, more intimate groups.  No prior rock climbing, hiking, paddling, or horsemanship experience required.

 

For 59 years, traditional camps have been the Ondessonk favorite. Traditional Camp allows children to learn and perfect skills like canoeing, archery, riflery, horseback riding, and more. At night, roast marshmallows over campfires, take part in songs and skits or play an all-camp game of extreme flashlight tag. Each unit will also have the opportunity to cook dinner over a campfire and sleep under the stars. Traditional campers get to live in our unique rustic units and spend their time at camp building skills and confidence, and making new friends.

Pricing Structure

Camp Ondessonk is a self-sufficient organization that relies entirely on camper fees, grants, and contributions to operate. Unlike many other camps, prices are all-inclusive; all kids have access to all activities included in their session-type with no additional fees, period. Realizing that we serve a wide variety of families with varying abilities to pay, we’ve adopted a 3-tier pricing program. Please review the descriptions and decide which of the three prices your family is able and willing to pay for your child’s camp experience. This is strictly a voluntary honor system and in no way influences, the experience children receive.

Mini Camp

Camp Ondessonk Counselor In Training CIT teen summer camp

Grades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2019 Dates:

Session 1 Mini-Camp – June 2- June 5 
Session 2 Mini-Camp – June 9- June 12 
Session 3 Mini-Camp – June 16- June 19 
Session 4 Mini-Camp – June 23- June 24
Session 5 Mini-Camp – June 30- July 3
Session 6 Mini-Camp – July 7- July 10 
Session 7 Mini-Camp – July 14- July 17 (Girls Only)
Session 8 Mini-Camp – July 21- July 24
Session 9 Mini-Camp – July 28- July 31

Cost: $329/$309/$289 (entire balance due at registration)

Mini Camp is a special three day, three-night session for younger children. It is the perfect way to give campers an introduction to the Camp Ondessonk tradition of rustic, nature-based camping in the Shawnee National Forest.

The Mini Camp schedule includes horseback instruction and riding, handicrafts, boating, swimming, archery, evening campfires, skits, and lots of singing. All activities are modified to best serve the mini-camp age group. With one Ondessonk counselor for every three or four campers, mini campers receive nearly constant guidance and companionship from our caring staff. Incidentally, many of our staff members were once mini campers.  Register for Mini Camp

Mini Camp Explorers

Mini Camp Explorers Summer Camp OndessonkGrades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 2- June 8 
Session 2 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 9- June 15
Session 3 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 16- June 22 
Session 4 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 23- June 29 
Session 5 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 30- July 6
Session 6 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 7- July 13
Session 7 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 14- July 20 (Girls Only)
Session 8 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 21- July 27
Session 9 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 28- August 3

Cost: $619/$569/$519 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering online – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Mini Camp Explorers offers adventurous 8 – 10-year-old children an extended experience building upon our popular Mini Camp program. By popular request, young campers will spend the entire week discovering all of the Camp Ondessonk activities and traditions so beloved by campers over the past 60 summers.

Explorers will enjoy nature walks, horseback instruction and riding, handicrafts, boating, swimming, archery, campfires, structured social time, and skits while living in a communal setting designed to develop social skills and build friendships. Mini Camp Explorers will be led by a specialized staffed equipped with the counseling skills to best serve the mini-camp age group and introduce campers to the wonderful world of outdoor, week-long sleep-away camp.  Register for Mini Camp Explorers

Coed Camp

Ondessonk Coed 2016Grades: Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Coed  – June 2- June 8 
Session 2 Coed  – June 9- June 15
Session 3 Coed  – June 16- June 22
Session 4 Coed – June 23- June 29
Session 5 Coed  – June 30- July 6
Session 6 Coed   –July 7- July 13
Session 8 Coed  – July 21- July 27
Session 9 Coed  – July 28- August 3

Cost: $619/$569/$519 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering online – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Coed camp features all the activities of Boys’ and Girls’ sessions, only conducted coed. One of the biggest advantages of coed camp is that it mirrors and prepares campers for everyday living — the world is co-ed! One side of Lake Echon is designated for male campers, the other for females. Overnight camp-outs and sleeping quarters are gender-specific, with boys and girls supervised by the appropriate staff. Hurry, these sessions fill quickly!

The coed camp schedule includes two horseback rides, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodsmanship, canoeing, kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug of war, and much more.  Register for Coed Camp

Girl’s Camp

Camp Ondessonk Youth Summer Camp

Grades: Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old
2019 Date:
Session 7 Girl’s Camp- July 14- July 20

Cost: $619/$569/$519 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering online – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

One of our most popular programs, Girls Camp is a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The single-gender environment provides growing girls and teens with something genuinely important- a safe, open, accepting place where they can truly be themselves. Campers are able to leave behind social expectations, popularity contests, and worries about their outward appearance for a week filled with giggling, games, and meaningful friendships.

The girl’s camp schedule includes two horseback rides, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodsmanship, canoeing, kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug of war, and much more.  Register for Girl’s Camp

Super Camper Layover Weekend

Camp Ondessonk Super Camper LayoverAges: 10-16
2019 Dates: 
Available between Session 1 & 2: June 8, Session 2 & 3: June 15,  Session 3&4: June 22 Session 4&5: June 29,  Session 5&6: July 6, Session 6&7: July 13, Session 7&8: July 20, and Session 8&9 July 27

Cost: $50 – meals, supervision, and programming included

Because families asked for it! Campers that choose to attend multiple sessions back-to-back are welcome to take advantage of this program. This supervised, one day / one-night session will include exploration in the Shawnee National Forest, a special overnight campout, swimming, meals, and other activities.

Please note: Campers registering for back to back sessions can choose to stay in a different unit each session. Laundry service is not available. Many Super Campers pack clothing for their second week in separate bags. If your camper does this, Camp Ondessonk will happily store the second set of clothing in a safe and dry location (please call ahead of time to make arrangements).

Lodge Camp

Camp Ondessonk Lodge MembersAges: 11-16 – Must be a member of the Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha
2019 Date: Session 9 Lodge Camp – July 28- August 3

Cost: $589 or $459 as the second session during a summer. ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering online – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha is an honor society for campers who have shown their loyalty and dedication to camp in an exemplary way. Campers are eligible for Lodge induction during their second summer at camp. Participants will enjoy the highlights of Camp while living in a unit led by Lodge officials. The session includes rock climbing at Pakentuck, the High Challenge Course, an extended Horseback Ride, and in the Spirit of Lodge, a service project significant to the Mission of Camp Ondessonk. Campers receive a substantial discount if choosing Lodge Camp as the second session of their summer.  Register for Lodge Camp

CIT/LIT

15-year-old campers are eligible to be CITs, and 16-year-olds may apply to become a LIT, or Leader-In-Training, which is the final step before becoming a paid staff member at Camp Ondessonk.   More information about the Ondessonk Leadership Program can be found here.

 

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